Movies You Might Have Missed
Blade Runner: (1982) This hauntingly beautiful, intense movie stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young. Revisit a magnificent, yet bleak vision of the future in the year 2019, Los Angeles as Rick Dekard, a Blade Runner (cop) exterminates Replicants (clones) who’ve hijacked a ship back to earth. The Replicants are exterminated upon detection. This movie questions what it is to be human, or not to be human. Rated R
The Hoosiers: (1986) This one stars Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, and Dennis Hopper. It was inspired by the Milan (Indiana) Indian’s state tile of 1954. Although it centers around the basketball players, who are underdogs on a grand scale, and their volatile coach, it’s more about how these people change each other, help each other, and to some extent irritate each other, yet in the end their desire to be successful pushes them all to become better people…and better athletes. It’ a tale of redemption and even though it’s an older movie, it’s fantastic. Rated PG
The Silence of the Lambs: (1991) Jodie Foster plays FBI cadet Clarice Starling, who interviews Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Hannibal Lecter) who is an incarcerated madman/ serial killer. She is hunting down “Buffalo Bill,” a serial killer who does unspeakable things to his female victims. I think this is Anthony Hopkins best role as he is horribly convincing…absolutely stunning in this movie. Rated R
Fargo: (1996) Written by the Coen Brothers, this is a dark comedy centering around a kidnapping that goes as wrong as possible. Jerry Lundegaard is having financial troubles and works for his father-in-law who owns a car lot. Jerry hires losers from Fargo, North Dakota to kidnap his wife so he can get ransom from his father in-law. Frances McDormand is the police chief playing Marge Olmstead-Gunderson and she investigates the three people murdered around Brainerd, Minnesota. Frances McDormand is always entertaining and she handles this role with a charming sarcasm that makes Fargo memorable. Rated R
The Rock: (1996) A great action/thriller starring Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage. Cage plays Stanley Goodspeed who must team up with Connery’s character, John Patrick Mason, who has been jailed for 30 years because he supposedly stole the private files of J. Edgar Hoover. Alcatraz Island has been taken over by a crazed group of terrorists led by marine General Francis Xavier Hummel who, for years, has been protesting the government’s refusal to pay benefits to families of war veterans who died during covert military missions. It turns out the marines/terrorists kill the entire squad sent by the military, except for Goodspeed and Mason. They have to keep Hummel from setting off VX gas warheads into San Francisco. It’s an awesome movie with great character development of Goodspeed and Mason. The soundtrack is icing on the cake. Rated R.
The Fifth Element: (1997) This movie stars Bruce Willis as Korbin Dallas and Milla Jovovich as Leeloo. It focuses on Evil coming to earth every 5000 years and what’s needed to stop it is the fifth element, which is Leeloo. (Water, air, wind, and fire are the other four elements.) It’s an exciting, fast-paced science fiction story that is also quite funny. Ian Holm is terrific as Father Vito Cornelius and Chris Tucker is hilarious as Ruby Red. Rated PG-13
Whale Rider: (2003) Takes you on a journey with Kiesha Castle Hughes as she strives to become the next chief of her tribe living on the east coast of New Zealand. Kiesha plays Pai…an 11 year old living in a male-dominated society where the chiefs are always first born males, but she believes she is supposed to be the next chief. So she fights against her beloved grandfather and traditions to fulfill her destiny. It’s truly a magical movie. Rated PG 13
Garden State: (2004) Written and directed by Zach Braff, who also stars as Andrew Largeman in the movie, this one is exceptional. Natalie Portman stars as Sam, who is a pathological liar, and after she meets Andrew…his life is never the same. They discover life is never what it’s cracked up to be, but it beats the alternative. It’s tender, funny…really touching at times, yet it is out there a bit too. I loved this movie, but make sure to preview it before renting. Rated R
Serenity: (2005) It’s been called a space-western. If you ever watched the cancelled Fox science fiction television series Firefly, this movie takes place after the final episode. Serenity is set 510 years in the future, and follows Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his crew on Serenity, which is a cargo/transport ship. It has action, adventure…cool special effects and really great fight scenes. It’s all about doing what’s right in spite of the danger and sacrifice involved. Rated PG 13
Up Side of Anger: (2005) Joan Allen stars as a suburban wife who realizes her husband has left her. At first, the anger and sadness control her, but then she gains control to find life is always what you make of it…no matter what happens. Kevin Costner stars too. It’s about being responsible for how you affect the people around you in both good and bad ways. It has humor, lots of drama, and life lessons throw in too. Rated R
Waitress: (2007) This movie is about an unhappily married waitress named Jenna, played by Keri Russell, who hopes to win a pie-baking contest so the prize money will enable her to leave her abusive husband, Earl. However, her plans get totally botched up as she struggles with an amazing attraction to the new town doctor. This is a story about second chances and having dreams. PG 13—BUT I think it’s more of an adult movie.
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